Olympia Poetry Network with Thomas A. Thomas

Friday, July 26th Olympia Poetry Network will be hosting Thomas A. Thomas to read from and discuss his new poetry collection My Heart is Not Asleep from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


In the poems of his new book, Thomas A. Thomas delicately reconstructs moments from a shared life altered by the gradual dissolution caused by Alzheimer's. Through lyrical verses, Thomas navigates the landscape of memory, where physical intimacy melds with present longing, blurring the lines of what was and what is. Nature, a silent witness to their journey, becomes a companion in Thomas's, echoing their story- from the tender touch of picking berries to the profound significance of "the month apples begin to blush at the thought of falling." My Heart Is Not Asleep delineates a world where pain and beauty converge, where love endures. This book is a powerful affirmation of humanity and courage.

-Dzvinia Orlowsky, author of Bad Harvest

Thomas A. Thomas, born in Illinois to a medical doctor mother and a ballet dancer father, spent a lot of time off by himself in the woods, prairies, and fields, day and night, in all seasons. Thomas found his way to the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Hall, and Gregory Orr, and workshopped some poems with Robert Bly. He won Minor and Major Hopwood Awards in Poetry, and his poem "Approaching Here" was choreographed and performed at UM. After a couple of years of madness in New York City, he found his way to the Pacific Northwest, where he has made his home for over 40 years. He is now delighted to be a Board Member for the Olympia Poetry Network, and to be active in numerous online poetry and photography groups. His works appear in print and online, including video recordings, most recently in Gyroscope Review, Blue Heron Review, Cirque Journal, Vox Populi Sphere, The Banyan Review. org, and FemAsiaMagazine.com, as well as anthologies in English and in translation to Spanish, Serbian, and Bengali. He has been nominated for both Best of the Net and The Pushcart Prize.This collection of poems regards his experience of caring for his wife for over a decade, up to the present time, as she gradually succumbs to extreme early onset Alzheimer's disease. Visit Thomas online at https: //linktr.ee/thomasathomas

Event date: 
Friday, July 26, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
315 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
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